Potato Ham Chowder

I love Christmas.

I love the lights, the tree, time with friends and family and, of course, the food.

I would put the tree up at the beginning of November if Andrew let me. But we have to wait till the beginning of December. So last weekend (even though it wasn’t quite December) I pulled out all the decorations and got to work.

Potato Ham Chowder

I love to sit in front of our tree with a cup of coffee and just enjoy the sparkle of the lights.

A great Christmas treat doesn’t hurt either.

Thankfully I don’t have any Christmas treats…yet.

Potato Ham Chowder

Tonight’s supper is a cozy, hearty soup from one of my favorite blogs. I think it is going to be perfect for a cold winter night in front of the tree.

I started by cooking 1 diced onion and some garlic with a 1/4 cup of melted butter in a large soup pot.

Potato Ham Chowder

Next I added in one can of corn and a whole bunch of ground thyme (I didn’t have and couldn’t find any fresh stuff)

Potato Ham Chowder

After that had cooked for a minute or two, I whisked in 3 tablespoons of flour and let that brown slightly.

Potato Ham Chowder

I then whisked in 3.5 cups of milk and continued to whisk until it thickened a bit.

I brought it all up to a boil and added in 2 diced potatoes, 1 diced ham steak and 3 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon. I turned it down, put a lid on it and let it simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes were cooked through.

Potato Ham Chowder

Just before serving I seasoned it with salt and pepper.

Potato Ham Chowder

The verdict- this soup is creamy and hearty and incredibly flavorful. Andrew, who was trying to pay me a compliment, said “Did you get this out of a can?”

He could see instantly on my face that I did not really take it as the compliment he intended.

“No I mean, it’s so good you could sell it…”

He’s right, It was pretty good.

Weekly Meal Plan December 1-5

It’s December! How did that happen?

That first day of December hits and it feels like things get instantly busier. Not only that, but there seems to be treats that pop up everywhere you go. My will power and self discipline are highly tested in December…and usually the treats win out.

It becomes even more important for us to meal plan in December  so that we are not eating out, or eating super unhealthy meals plus all the treats that surround us.

I’m not sure if I succeeded, but the meals I chose this week sound tasty and flavorful.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Pulled Pork SandwichesPotato Ham ChowderGeneral Tso ChickenChiliFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • Canned mushrooms
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 1 can of tomato soup
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Taco chips
  • Pork tenderloin
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • BBQ sauce
  • Coleslaw
  • Bread
  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Corn
  • Thyme
  • Milk
  • Potatoes
  • Ham steak
  • Rice
  • Chicken breasts
  • Cornstarch
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar

Monday

Andrew wanted pulled pork sandwiches. So pulled pork sandwiches we will have!

Pulled pork sandwiches

Tuesday

I didn’t get to this last week so I will make it this week. It’s perfect because the weather has been terribly cold and soup is perfect on a cold day.

Potato Ham Chowder - A warm and filling chowder that's incredibly creamy and rich, perfect for those chilly winter nights!

Wednesday

Another slow cooker meal! I hope it tastes as good as it looks…

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

Thursday

I have Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday night, so I want to make something that Andrew can come home to (other than a frozen pizza) and so we have lunches for Friday (and lots of leftovers for the weekend too!) Thank you, slow cooker, for making my life easier.

Chili